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you're watching cbs 5 eyewitness news on the cw. sheriff -- >> if you're out on the town in walnut creek tonight, so are the police. how they're trying to stop the brawls at the neighborhood bars. and tonight, fashion history is made. why these pups strutted their stuff on the cat walk. good evening, i'm dana king. >> and i'm ken bastida. twice before he asked criminal court for permission to see his son. both times he has been denied. >> today, sheriff ross mirkarimi was hoping for a different result in family court. as linda yee shows us, he lost again, but has reason to hope. >> i miss my son terribly and
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he misses me. >> choking back tiers, sheriff ross mirkarimi walked away from a court that denied his request to see his two-year-old son. he'll get a chance to argue his case next wednesday. >> we don't know what they're going to order. could he just have general visits? could that be a family member standing by. if they tell him hes that to skype, he'll do it. >> mirkarimi's stay away order was issued last month after he was arrested and charged with physically abusing his wife and endangering his son. but his wife denies her husband hurt her and she supports a reunited family. her pleas to the court, she says their son frequently cries. my son, theo, is asking for his father every day. he waits for ross on the stairs in the morning hoping ross will be there to take him to school. he runs to the window in the evening looking for ross. lopez and her attorneys show off the old color drawing and
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what he wrote two days ago. >> i love you, daddy. i love you, mommy. >> attorneys for the couple argue. the law allows families to reunit even in domestic violence cases. it's called rule 19. >> they explicitly say that severing all contacts between an offending parent and the children may hurt the family. >> a family court judge will decide whether or not he will grant mirkarimi reasonable visitation rights. there are no guarantees. that restraining order prevents him from any contact with his wife or his son at least through the trial. which doesn't begin until february 24. reporting live in san francisco, linda yee, cbs 5. the economy appears to be making gains against unemployment. new numbers highlight a drop in the jobless rate. if fell to 8.3%. it is the lowest level in three
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years. more than 240,000 jobs were added in january. so, america is hiring again, but anthony mason on whether the growth is sustainable. >> patriots towels are rolling off the line at win craft, the sports collectibles company in minnesota. super bowl sunday is big business for wincraft and president john kiln says business growing 10%. >> we are ahead. >> wincraft, which has 500 employees had to downsize during the recession. >> the good news is, we hired over 40 people and continue to hire people. we hired 20 people in the last 90 days. >> is this sustainable? >> absolutely. >> private businesses have now added on average 218,000 jobs a month since november. >> add up the weight of
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evidence. it's not just january. it's november, december, january, and what you see in the economy is picking up speed. >> back in winona, that allowed jeff smith to land a job. after three years of unemployment and part-time work, the sales and marketing specialist who once had his own company tried a new strategy. >> i made the decision to change my career path and do whatever i could do to take care of my family. >> he was over qualified for his new job as a receiving clerk, but took it happily. >> i think any time anybody can get a paycheck, you know, their self-esteem goes up and they are happier with themselves. a will the of stress goes away. >> it will take several years for the unemployment rate to get back to prerecession levels. the economy has 5.6 million fewer jobs than it did four years ago. anthony mason, cbs news, los
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angeles. doors open for the nevada caucuses at 9:00 tomorrow morning. republicans there hope to do what has not been done so far in this gop campaign. sustain some momentum. polls show mitt romney is set to win his second state in a row. he leads newt gingrich by a wide margin. doug sovereign is with the candidates in las vegas and explains why nevada is so important in the campaign. >> nevada will either submit mitt romney as the man most likely to face barack obama or republicans aren't ready to rally around romney, in which case this race could be fiercely fought well into the spring. >> romney is ahead in nevada, thanks in part to his fellow mormons. be aware, so are police. there has been a rise in drunken brawls at downtown
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bars. kit doe with more on the beefed up security to stop the fighting that seems to be getting out of control. kit. >> dana, this is day one of the surge of extra cops in downtown walnut creek. it is relatively early. we have seen squad cars drive through. one every five to ten minutes or so. this is the stretch of downtown where they had all the fights last week. the police chief announced he was going to significantly increase the number of officers, but did not say how many. they did say to expect some of those officers to be on foot. three fights broke out in the span of an hour. nine people were arrested and three officers officers were injured. >> it's sad that downtown walnut creek has come to that. it has been a safe area and don't really need that here. maybe they shouldn't be flooded here. be so out in the open.
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>> now as a downtown scene gets more popular, walnut creek has seen more fights. the city council will considering tougher laws and look to hire two dedicated officers. so again, a flood of officers expect the to stem the violence in downtown walnut creek. back to you. >> we'll see how it goes. thank you. some angry people in the east bay over red light cameras in their cities. law enforcement calls them citizen measures. some are calling it a money generating machine. >> $100 million in fines taken from the county. >> some of the signs which will be on display during this weekend's protest. >> we want to bring the public's attention to the red light cameras and how they are more about revenue. >> first in a series of protests will begin here in fremont. this is one of ten
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intersections, with a minimum fine of $436 for a violation. >> you think motorists are being ripped off? >> absolutely. no need for massive enforcement when there are better strategies to reduce red light running. >> city of newark uses red light cameras. police commander says there's no question the cameras have helped public safety. >> we have seen a great deal of accidents, basically going down and in turn, injuries to pedestrian, bicyclists, other joggers, walkers, etcetera, and other vehicles out there. >> according to city statistics, resulted in 28,000 tickets over a five-year period. most of the money collected from fines goes to pay the arizona based vendor which installs and maintains the cameras. with the rest split between the state and the city.
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>> it's not to raise money. >> no, not at all. it's community safety. >> short of removing the red light cam rase, cities could extend the yellow light time. the city of newark says it already does that. cbs 5. in other headlines around the bay area, a man is proposing the city to change the name of mt. vernon lane to willie mays way. lived on that street for more than 40 years. the move is to honor may's legacy and his work with children. the proposal will be reviewed later this month. : and the facelift for san francisco's metro complex is almost complete. beginning tomorrow, several restaurants and retail stores will begin moving in or will open for business. the project is a $30 million makeover for the downtown complex. it hosts an imax theater,
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bakeries, restaurants, and a target store. and for the first time in san jose, city and county leaders celebrated black history month by raising a ceremonial flag. several hundred people came out for the event at city hall tonight. it was complete with drums, singers, and dance. valley naacp helped organize a ceremony. 50,000 african americans live in santa clara. 3% of the county's population. don't look now, but there are fresh faces hitting the runway. take a look. oh yeah. decked out, doggy strutted their stuff at the first annual hot dog. haut in san francisco. the fashion show, cbs 5's julie watts was among the judges. bay area interior designers made the outfits.
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the canine walked the green carpet. proceeds go to canine companions. haut dog. >> i got it. well, it's aimed at helping people save their homes. what is different about this event? >> and how this group of teens is doing more than spreading cheer. and million dollar views for rent? the action some are taking to keep private parties out of the tower.
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too wrapped up in the superl biggest football game of the year this sunday. but can getting too wrapped up in the super bowl be bad for your health? researchers studied football fans in los angeles in the 80s and found that the rams when they lost, when they were still there, it was associated with more cardiac deaths than when the raiders won when they were there. and the difference is more dramatic among women than men. they also found the intensity of the game mattered. but super bowl party rituals like over eating and over drinking and over smoking may also be part of the problem. >> all of these things lead to disturbances in your blood pressure, heart rate, and how hard your blood vessels are working. >> what can you do to minimize the health risk? doctor's advice, don't get too carried away. hoping san francisco voters will help keep the tower
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commercial free. they plan to turn signatures in monday to get an initiative on the june ballot. now the law would limit the amount of private parties and commercial events held at the tower. right now, the parks department is trying to get approval to rent out the viewing area once a month. >> number one concern is that not enough attention and resources are going to the tower. it's been treated like a cash cow than a respected place that needs to be around for another 80 years. >> the money that we earn translates into programs and services and gardeners and custodians that we don't have to cut. >> the parks department has had to cut $43 million from its budget over the last seven years. it faces a $4 million short fall this year. hundreds of homeowners came to the palace today searching for a solution to their mortgage nightmares. julie watt shows us some of the people who stood in line for hours actually found some
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relief. >> we went at 4:00 in the morning, we were in the line at 5:00. >> and peter wasn't alone. hundreds of other desperate homeowners lined up with him outside the palace. a bit of a contrast todd peek . put on by the neighborhood assistance corporation of america. >> we thought we would never come back. we thought the lenders would get their act together. the government would get their act together. >> but the ceo says that hasn't happened. here they are again and while there may not be as many people this year, their stories are just as desperate. >> i lost my job and i need -- we had a long time, very faithful office manager and bookkeeper who began embezzling from us. >> it's really tough. we are working and then thinking about your mortgage. >> like many here, the
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mortgage peter can no longer pay impacts more than just him. >> my parents live there. my sister and my brother. >>kevin: though . >> this year, his odds of saving it are better than ever. >> we are getting principle reduction and we have chase on board,. >> and with more banks, 60% of those looking for help will get it the same day. and those turned out to be great odds who nearly 12 hours after he arrived is walking away with a loan modification that will save his family home. >> i'm blessed. we are blessed. >> julie watts, cbs 5. group of teenagers never before in the spotlight got the chance to shine today. they call themselveses the shooting stars. a cheerleading team for special
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ed students at livermore high school. the team was created by cheerleader, erica. top student cheerleader in the bay area. she says performing is a way for these kids to show their spirit. >> they need to show everybody what they can do. they are not kids that are in a different class. they are just like us and they have their own personalities. >> my favorite part is the dancing and the cheering and jumping around. >> they work as a team and we are like, did you do a different dance? so we weren't all together. >> today the shooting stars performed in front of the entire student body at livermore high and that was 2,000 cheering students. >> yeah. they were up on their feet. well, we may not be alone after all. astronomers discovered a planet similar to ours. only a few light years away. a newfound planet is big, at
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least 4 1/2 times the size of earth, which is why it's being referred to as super earth. it's 22 light years away. it orbits a star and temperatures just right for support of water and life. >> that's amazing. we probably could see all the way there tonight because we have nothing but clear skies as we take a sneak peek out our window. your full weekend forecast as eyewitness news continues. we'll be right back.
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to 3:00 p.m. they are lining up tonight. do you remember last year was mayhem with 40,000 people packing at&t park to see the world champion, san francisco giants. if this is any indication, there will be a strong turnout again tomorrow. looks like temperatures will be in the 50s by 10:00 a.m. climbing to an afternoon high in the low 60s. dress in layers for the kids. let's take a look outside. it's our live weather camera looking 580 heading east and west. the west are the lights heading toward us. this is the trivalley with the temperatures tipped off at 66 degrees. currently, we're in the 40s and low 50s. it is 52 degrees in san francisco. 44 in livermore, dropping down to 34 degrees. last night was 33. we'll see a few high clouds, so not as cold, but nevertheless, still freezing. 43 degrees and mountain view through los altos.
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looking out out. it will be clear and cold overnight. unusual this weekend because no rain is in the forecast. and unseasonal because the temperatures will be averaging between 3 and 5 degrees above normal in many of our locations. rain is now in the forecast for tuesday. with a few clouds overhead and that's what masks the sunshine and brought down our temperatures. this is the area of low pressure that we saw. take a look at this right here. denver 18 inches of snow on the ground in the metro area. still winter storm warning in effect through 5:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. we are under the influence of high pressure, it's firmly in place. and therefore, it's going to provide us with a mild temperatures all weekend long, under partly sunny sky. around the state, nothing but sunshine. 43 degrees tomorrow in the high
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sierra. temperatures in the 40s each and every day. plenty cold to make plenty of snow. 60s at the coast tomorrow. 66 morgan hill. mid 60s throughout much of our area, including the eastern portion of our district. brentwood, and tracy. looks like warmer than that. the winds will be out of the east. 10 to 15 miles per hour. the extended forecast if calls for a transition day on monday and light rain. computer models aren't certain. light rain monday night and tuesday, that's a look at your pinpoint forecast. giants are berning. why he didn't sign a long-term deal with the giants and john daly takes a lead before he
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knows what's in the lot.
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the giants held their media day this afternoon and tim lincecum got the chance to explain why he didn't want to sign a long-term deal. mark, start the clock. >> i have always been that guy, even last year. i don't know what's going to happen three years from now. i don't know what's going to happen. a lot of things can happen in a year's time. given that, the option is open. it says nothing about not wanting to be here or a giant. >> wins up to 35 miles an hour forced play to be suspended at the masters where john daly has a one-stroke lead. back here in the states, the phoenix opens the 16th hole in
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scottsdale. phil thinks the birdie with its sensors with the three shot lead. and finally, it was -- they got their moneys worth. eating 337 wings. don't invite him to your super bowl party. the record was set at 255. >> they all came to see that? >> yes. >> wow. no, they put them in and they have to suck the chicken out of the bone. >> a hurt tummy. >> and not in the competition, because -- >> not hot dogs. >> you said it different. >> kobiashi. the world federation of eaters. that's why he doesn't do the hot dog eating contest anymore.
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